Acetate Sunglasses for Men and Women

When shopping for plastic sunglasses, choose quality over inexpensive injection plastic. Acetate is a high-quality, durable plastic material with a rich look and feel. American Optical frames are handcrafted in our US factory from the finest materials from around the globe.

Handcrafted Acetate Sunglasses

What are acetate sunglasses frames anyways? Acetate is a plant-based plastic material that is derived from cotton fiber. It is lightweight, durable, flexible, and known for its beautiful colorations like rich tortoise and the deepest, most lustrous black.
Acetate sheets are hand-carved in a process that can take over two weeks to complete. Over 50 percent of that work must be completed by hand, making our craftspeople true artisans.

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We take expertly crafted frames and add the finest lenses available. Our acetate sunglasses feature AOLite™ nylon lenses for clear optics, superior durability, and a lightweight fit.
All lenses feature 100% UV protection, backside anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and increase comfort, and hard-coating to resist scratching. Add polarization to your lenses for even clearer, glare-free vision.

Why Choose AO’s Acetate Frame Sunglasses?

AO’s acetate sunglass styles are nothing short of iconic. For example, the Saratoga was a favorite of John F. Kennedy. The Sirmont was famously worn by both Malcolm X and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Despite their vintage inspiration, these timeless styles feel just as fresh today as they did decades ago. Just use our virtual try-on feature to see for yourself.
Eco-friendly acetate is also known for its hypoallergenic properties, making it a good choice for people with sensitive skin or allergies to certain metals.
When you buy from American Optical, you support 70 craftspeople in our US factory. Shop with confidence knowing we offer free shipping and returns within the US for all purchases.

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Craft That Has Been Honed for over 150 Years.

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We're always happy to help with recommendations that suit both your style and lifestyle. Please contact us with any questions. You can also try-on all styles virtually within each product page to find the best pair to fit your look and personality.
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